Cereal Products And Markets In The Northern Periphery Region




Ólafur Reykdal, Peter Martin, Áslaug Helgadóttir, Hilde Halland, Vanessa Kavanagh, Rólvur Djurhuus

Supported by:

Northern Periphery Program


Ólafur Reykdal

Project Manager

Cereal Products And Markets In The Northern Periphery Region 

Preliminary projects on the cereals market and cereal products from regional cereals were carried out between September 2013 and March 2014. The project was funded by the Northern Periphery Promramme (NPP). Participants came from Iceland, Northern Norway, the Faroe Islands, Orkney and Newfoundland. The aim of the project was to: (1) Build a collaborative network on grain research. (2) Obtain information on grain production and grain utilization in each area and seek new markets and partners. (3) Draft an application for a large grain project. Participants analyzed information on grain production and grain imports. Opportunities for domestic production replaced imports. Grain markets and market developments were examined and the size of markets was assessed. It should be possible to increase domestic production of various cereals such as baked goods, cereals, pasta and alcoholic beverages. The participating countries / regions are at different levels with regard to cereal cultivation and therefore the development of cereal products must take into account the situation.

A preparatory project scoping new markets and products from local cereals in several parts of the Northern Periphery Program (NPP) area, was implemented between September 2013 and March 2014. The project included partners from the following regions: Iceland, N ‐ Norway, Faroe Islands , Orkney and Newfoundland. The project aim was to: (1) Build up a collaborative R&D network on cereals. (2) Review cereal production and utilization in each partner region and identify potential new markets and collaborators. (3) Develop a proposal for a main project. Partners quantified the domestic cereal production and import of cereals. Opportunities were found where imported cereals might be replaced by local products. Cereal markets and food trends were studied and the size of the market for cereal products was estimated. It is possible to increase the use of local cereals for the production of many foods: bakery products, breakfast cerals, pastas and alcoholic beverages. The regions differ with regard to cereal production and development of cereal products should take the situation into account.

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